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Why is open plan living so popular?

No one can deny that open plan living is by far one of the most enduring trends to emerge in modern kitchen design in recent years. It’s especially popular here in the UK, where it shows no signs of going away any time soon!

So what about these exactly has captured the UK’s imagination? Read on to find out!

 

It allows you to spend more quality time with family

 

The most obvious benefit of open plan living is that it lets you spend more time together! There’s a reason that the kitchen is known as the heart of the home. It’s all too easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of work and school runs, and simply crash out when we get home, with various family members ferreted away in different rooms. A large open plan space allows you to still enjoy your valuable relaxation time – but as a family, all together.

You don’t exactly need to be a social scientist to know that this kind of regular family interaction makes us happier and healthier, and it’s easily accommodated by open plan living. For example, modern designer kitchens in an open plan format he to prevent that feeling of isolation when you’re cooking meals for the whole family. Rather than spending the time closed off in a separate room, instead your family is right there with you, allowing you to chat with them as you cook! It’s also easy to see why it’s a particularly attractive setup for young parents, as it’s far easier to keep an eye on young children in a more open space.

 

 

It makes it an ideal place to entertain

 

Having a space with more function and flow comes in particularly handy when you’re hosting social events, even if it’s just a few guests.  People are able to prepare lunches or evening meals while still able to chat with their guests, who may be watching the TV only feet away. This way, peoples seamless dining and living space allows them to cook, dine and socialise together without having to move back and forth from room to room.

 

Lighting up the space, and connecting with nature

 

Natural light is typically a central feature of almost any open plan living space, helping the area to feel lighter, airier and more spacious. Having doors onto the rear garden It also seamlessly connects the indoors with adjacent outdoor space, bringing those inside the kitchen closer to the beautiful sunlight and natural greenery of the garden outside. Interesting fact for you quickly: as humans, we’re hardwired to react to sunlight with greater levels of energy, contentedness and happiness, making it an invaluable resource in kitchen design!

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